Numerous worldwide occurrences and significant figures impacted the settlement of Maine, but one name stands out. "On the records which relate to English settlements in the new world, no name appears more prominently than that of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, the founder of this province. He was called the father of American colonization... During more than forty years his hand appears in everything that pertains to the settlements." This detailed account of early Maine covers: Maine as a Loyalist Province; the struggle for religious liberty; civil vs. ecclesiastical affairs and the church incorporation act of 1891; Anne Hutchinson; colonial women; the Orthodox church in 1814; John Paul Jones and the Ranger Tablet; the United States Supreme Court; Lincoln County, Gov. William King, and his family; corporations and the commonwealth; Daniel Webster's "Seventh of March Speech"; Machias and the first naval battle of the Revolution; the English Whigs and the Revolution; and the dedication of the Maine Memorial Monument at Valley Forge Park. Four illustrations, a poem, and a full name plus subject index are included.
Augustus F. Moulton